Students in Eastwood and Kimberley have been celebrating after picking up their GCSE results this week.
Both schools beat the national average pass rate with 86 per cent of teenagers at Eastwood Comprehensive School achieving at least five A* to C grades, and ‘at least 80 per cent’ at The Kimberley School.
The Kimberley School was still waiting for 170 papers to be returned when we went to press yesterday morning.
Nationally, the figure was 69.4 per cent, which fell for the first time since GCSEs began in 1988. Last year the national figure was 69.8 per cent.
The percentage of pupils who got English and maths within these top grades, stood at 42 per cent for Eastwood Comprehensive School and 61 per cent for The Kimberley School.
Although the local schools did not necessarily have record results, the number of students who got five A* to C including English and maths at the Kimberley School increased one per cent compared to last year, and the school had a record number of pupils returning for A-Levels and an increase in the number of A* and A grades.
Deputy headteacher Andy Park said: “Once again the combination of high ambition from the students, huge support from family and dedicated preparation from teachers has resulted in great success.”
Chair of governors at Eastwood David Hill, said: “We are very proud of the successes achieved by this super group of pupils. The success of each young person, regardless of level of ability, means that we are gaining better life chances for all in such an uncertain world.”